1974 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1974 Los Angeles Dodgers
1974 National League Champions
NL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley, heirs of James Mulvey
General manager(s) Al Campanis
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio

Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett

Jaime Jarrín, Rudy Hoyos
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The 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League West by four games over the Cincinnati Reds, then beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1974 National League Championship Series before losing to the Oakland Athletics in the 1974 World Series.


Regular season

Mike Marshall set a record by pitching in 106 games in 1974, a record that still stands today.[6]

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 10260 0.630 52–29 50–31
Cincinnati Reds 9864 0.605 4 50–31 48–33
Atlanta Braves 8874 0.543 14 46–35 42–39
Houston Astros 8181 0.500 21 46–35 35–46
San Francisco Giants 7290 0.444 30 37–44 35–46
San Diego Padres 60102 0.370 42 36–45 24–57

Record vs. opponents

1974 National League Records

Los Angeles 10–810–212–613–58–45–76–64–816–212–66–6
New York4–810–83–96–67–59–97–117–116–66–66–12
San Diego1–176–66–127–112–166–66–67–53–911–75–7
San Francisco10–86–67–118–106–128–46–64–84–87–116–6
St. Louis3–913–56–64–86–69–812–69–911–77–56–6

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day starters
Davey LopesSecond baseman
Bill BucknerFirst baseman
Jimmy WynnCenter fielder
Joe FergusonCatcher
Willie CrawfordRight fielder
Ron CeyThird baseman
Von JoshuaLeft fielder
Bill RussellShortstop
Don SuttonStarting pitcher

Notable transactions


1974 Los Angeles Dodgers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CSteve Yeager9431684.2661241
1BSteve Garvey156642200.31221111
2BDavey Lopes145530141.2661035
SSBill Russell160553149.269565
3BRon Cey159577151.2621897
LFBill Buckner145580182.314758
CFJim Wynn150535145.27132108
RFWillie Crawford139468138.2951161

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Joe Ferguson11134988.2521657
Tom Paciorek8517542.240124
Von Joshua8112429.234116
Lee Lacy487822.28208
Rick Auerbach457325.34214
Manny Mota665716.281016
Ken McMullen446015.250312
Gail Hopkins15184.22200
Charlie Manuel431.33301
John Hale4441.00002
Ivan DeJesus331.33300


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Andy Messersmith39292.12062.59221
Don Sutton402761993.23179
Doug Rau36198.113113.72126
Tommy John221531332.5978

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Al Downing2198.1563.6663
Geoff Zahn2179.2352.0333

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mike Marshall1061512212.42143
Charlie Hough499413.7563
Jim Brewer244402.5226
Rick Rhoden41002.007
Eddie Solomon40011.502


1974 National League Championship Series

The Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games in the NLCS.

Game One

October 5, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 010 000 002 392
Pittsburgh 000 000 000 040
W: Don Sutton (1–0)   L: Jerry Reuss (0–1)  
HR: None

Game Two

October 6, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 100 100 030 5120
Pittsburgh 000 000 200 283
W: Andy Messersmith (1–0)  L: Dave Giusti (0–1)  
HRs: LADRon Cey (1)

Game Three

October 8, Dodger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 502 000 000 7100
Los Angeles 000 000 000 045
W: Bruce Kison (1–0)  L: Doug Rau (0–1)  
HRs: PITWillie Stargell (1), Richie Hebner (1)

Game Four

October 9, Dodger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 000 000 100 131
Los Angeles 102 022 23X 12120
W: Don Sutton (2–0)  L: Jerry Reuss (0–2)  
HRs: LADSteve Garvey (2); PITWillie Stargell (2)

1974 World Series

The Dodgers were defeated by the Oakland Athletics in five games in the World Series.

AL Oakland Athletics (4) vs. NL Los Angeles Dodgers (1)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1Athletics – 3, Dodgers – 2October 12Dodger Stadium55,9742:43
2Athletics – 2, Dodgers – 3October 13Dodger Stadium55,9892:40
3Dodgers – 2, Athletics – 3October 15Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum49,3472:35
4Dodgers – 2, Athletics – 5October 16Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum49,3472:17
5Dodgers – 2, Athletics – 3October 17Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum49,3472:23

Awards and honors


Sporting News awards

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Stan Wasiak
AA Waterbury Dodgers Eastern League Don LeJohn
A Bakersfield Dodgers California League George Freese
A Orangeburg Dodgers Western Carolinas League Bart Shirley
Rookie Bellingham Dodgers Northwest League Bill Berrier

1974 Major League Baseball Draft

This was the tenth year of a Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 23 players in the June draft and six in the January draft.

The top pick was pitcher Rick Sutcliffe from Van Horn High School in Independence, Missouri. Sutcliffe would go on to win the 1979 Rookie of the Year Award. The Dodgers traded him to the Cleveland Indians in 1982 but he would remain in the league through 1994. He accumulated a record of 171–139, was a three-time All-Star and won the 1984 National League Cy Young Award, while with the Chicago Cubs.

They also drafted infielder Jim Riggleman in the fourth round. While he never made the Majors as a player he had a stint as the Dodgers Major League Bench coach and would become a successful Major League Manager with four different clubs.



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